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Are Teens a Different Species?

Are Teens a Different Species?

You've dreaded the moment for years, still you're surprised by it the day it happens. You look over at your child, and you need to look up to see if his face is dirty. It is, so you wipe the dirt with your hand, and you realize it's not dirt, it's hair. Boo-Boo has a beard.

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Raising Boys: The Value of Curiosity

Raising Boys: The Value of Curiosity

It isn't easy being a parent. You undoubtedly feel fatigued and stressed at least some of the time; raising your son is almost certainly not the only thing on your daily agenda. Sometimes all you really want is for your son to just listen and to obey without a whimper. Unfortunately, during the preschool years, even the best little boy will struggle to comply with adult expectations. There's just too much else going on in his world.

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Start Playing Games at a Young Age

Start Playing Games at a Young Age

The trick to avoiding difficulty with teenagers is to start playing games with them when they are little kids. Keep the lines of communication with them open. Talk and listen when they are little, and never stop. Always make yourself available to them. There's no better way to establish a rapport than to get down and dirty with them in a good old-fashioned game: Chess, Checkers, board games, card games, Pool, or Darts—anything that will keep the interaction alive.

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Staying Connected to Your College Kids

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Staying Connected to Your College Kids

How do you keep up a relationship with a child who is in college? Is it possible to nourish, and even deepen, your bond, despite being many miles apart? What's the appropriate number of times that you should write, phone, and visit her? Should you just cut the cord, acknowledging and reinforcing her independence, and let her determine how much contact she wishes to maintain with you?
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Helping Your Child Express Anger Appropriately

Helping Your Child Express Anger Appropriately

Part of the reason two-year-olds have tantrums is because they don't have the words or other tools they need to express their anger or frustration fully or appropriately. For this, your toddler needs your help.

Thus the most important rule in handling tantrums is this:

Ignore the behavior, but don't ignore your child.

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by: Steven Auger

Top Tips to Deal with In-Laws During the Holidays

Top Tips to Deal with In-Laws During the Holidays

If preparing for the holidays seems like a never-ending to-do List, you're not alone. Finding those last minute gifts, decorating the tree, or researching Hanukkah dinner recipes can all present unique challenges on top of the typical stresses of daily home and work life. What you don't need is added anxiety that can result from clashes with your in-laws. If that's an area where you struggle, use this helpful guide for dealing with in-laws during the holidays.

 

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Part-Time Stepparenting

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Part-Time Stepparenting

When there is shared or joint custody (you'll find out more about custody options in What You Need to Know About Custody), you can divvy up the kids' time in a variety of ways. Sometimes you get the weekdays or the weekends. Sometimes it's divided one-third/two-thirds.

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One to Three Years: Dietary Milestones

One to Three Years: Dietary Milestones

You may think of him as such, but your child is no longer a baby in the strict sense of the word. He's a toddler now, and the name fits kids ages one through three. Talk about rough and tumble! Once standing becomes old hat, toddlers try their luck at walking, and have their share of spills. Making your way around the room with feet planted wide apart for support is never smooth sailing.

Stepparenting: Punishment May Differ in Each Parent's House

Stepparenting: Punishment May Differ in Each Parent's House

When biological parents have joint custody, the children will quickly realize that just as the rules may differ from house to house, so does the punishment. One parent may use "time out" while the other believes in spankings. One may take away privileges such as television watching or playing on the computer while the other just lectures or yells. While it would be easier on the children if the biological parents could agree on the same punishment for infractions of rules, this compromise rarely seems to occur.

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Updated: April 21, 2021

When Do Babies Recognize Their Name?

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What’s in a name? A lot if you ask an expecting or new parent. When a woman is going to have a baby, she puts a lot of time and energy into deciding what she’s going to name her baby. So, it should come as no surprise that many parents are eager to have their baby recognize their own name when it’s said. For many parents, it can't come soon enough!

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Why Tweens Don't Do Their Chores

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Why Tweens Don't Do Their Chores

Little neatniks pick up their rooms without a dozen reminders, brush their teeth without cutting corners, and wash their hands before meals without being told. Very compliant tweens dust and vacuum, set and clear the table, help care for younger children, and do other chores without needing constant reminders. However, such responsible types are somewhat rare because they violate the two tween golden rules:

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Updated: December 2, 2020

The Key Signs Your Child Has Selective Hearing and What to Do About It

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Concerned about hearing loss? It could be selective hearing. Selective hearing is the natural process by which we filter out background noise, picking up the auditory information that is important to us. Selective hearing is a helpful phenomenon, but it can become problematic if the brain filters out what it should be paying attention to.

More: 5 Warning Signs of Screen Addiction

Breastfeeding vs. Bottle-Feeding: Read This Before Baby Arrives

Breastfeeding vs. Bottle-Feeding: Read This Before Baby Arrives

No matter how many parenthood prep classes you attend or how many books you read, there is nothing like real life to inform you about feeding a baby. Yet, one of the most crucial feeding decisions typically comes before your baby arrives. That's when parents ponder whether to feed baby infant formula or to breastfeed.

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Your Baby's First Words

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Your Baby's First Words

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Try to get in the habit of providing your baby with a narrative of her life. Whenever she's alert, tell her what you are doing. "Okay, I'm going to change your diaper now. First we have to take off your pants…." Also describe to her what she is doing. "Look at you! Standing up and holding your rattle. Can you shake it and make some music?

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Updated: February 10, 2022

Should You Argue in Front of Your Kids?

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As we think about life skills that we want to teach our kids, like washing dishes, balancing a bank account, and keeping a clean home are a few things that may come to mind. However, how to have a respectful disagreement should be high on that list.

There are two schools of thought on the topic of arguing in front of children. One group; don’t do it. The other, how do you not? There are a few things to consider as we open this Pandora’s Box.

Infertility: Responding to Questions from Family and Friends

Talking About Infertility

Infertility: Responding to Questions from Family and Friends

When you are experiencing infertility, one of the most difficult challenges is communicating with family and friends about what may be a devastating life crisis. Even the most caring relative or friend may offer a "helpful" suggestion, which will appear wildly insensitive to you. Here are some questions you may encounter-and answers you can use to deal with your in-laws and friends.

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